Sunday, 14 October 2007

Okay the next of our design team is Hazel.

How long have you been scrapbooking? How did you start?

About four years ago, I followed my sister into card making. Like so many others, I always felt a little reluctant to give away my creations. Whilst I was searching for some card-making essential or other, I came across the UK Scrappers website and realised that here was the answer. A creative outlet using lovely papers and embellishments PLUS I get to keep the results!

What keeps you scrapbooking?
To remember. So the children can remember. How they were, what we got up to as a family, details of our everyday lives. The children love to hear about things they said or did when they were very little.
Sometimes, the memory is forgotten until it’s rekindle by a photo or a journal entry. This is the role that I hope my scrapbooks will play for both us and the children.

Are you a paper or digi-scrapper?
100% paper. I work everyday with computers so part of the pleasure for me comes from abandoning the technology for a while and absorbing myself in this whole other world of creativity.

What are your ‘must have’ scrapbooking tools?
Craft knife, steel-edged ruler, Basic Grey cutting mat, glass cutting mat, trimmer. Oh, and there’s usually a cup of tea close to hand as well!

What are your favourite products?
It’s all so lovely, do I really have to choose?
I almost always use Bazzill cardstock and patterned paper, so they would have to be high on my list. Chipboard is up there as well - so versatile. Ribbon - I love ribbon and have way more than I could ever use. Buttons - making a bit of a come back at the moment and I totally understand why. Heidi Swapp ghost embellishments - another really versatile item. Alphabets of all kinds - chipboard, acrylic, stickers and rub-ons. And last but not least, paint and inks.

How do you start a page?
Sometimes it will be a photo that kick starts a layout. Other times, it will be a particularly lovely paper. It always ends up about the story though.
I can have papers and photos cut and stuck down but only once I know the story I’m trying to tell can the layout can be finished with the journalling and title.

Here are some of her pages!

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